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I never got to practice my cooking skills back at home (not that I have one) because my mom was a food perfectionist and she pretty much takes care of preparing our meals so I never bothered cooking at all. I also find our kitchen “ugly” (not really that ugly though) which added to my lack of enthusiasm to cook.
Now that I am trying to live on my own, I wanted to experiment on my cooking skills. I am not good in cooking. I just know the basics. I miss Pinoy food for the past couple of weeks so I made sure I would utilize the shared kitchen feature that our guesthouse is offering.
So one day, I decided to cook my own food since my travel buddy went out with his friends. I figured I’d go to the Old Market to buy food for dinner. All I could think of was cooking chicken afritada so I searched for my ingredients and ended up buying the following stuff: seasoning sauce, cooking oil, 2 large chicken thighs wtih legs, large potato, 2 red bell peppers, garlic, onion, tomato, ground pepper. eggplant, carrrots, 1 kilo rice and pandan rice cake for snacks since I was famished 😆
I never found any tomato sauce in the old market or in the convenience store near our guesthouse so I told myself the meal had to do without tomato sauce. With the 2 fat chicken thighs + drumsticks and the eggplant, I could stretch everything up to 3 meals. 2 meals for the chicken and 1 eggplant omelet. Of course I have to cook them on separate occasions since I can’t consume all of them.
Also, cooking our own rice was a real breather for our depleting funds. I spent 2,700 Cambodian riel for 1 kilo of rice. So far, I’ve cooked 4 meals with the rice I bought and we still have some left. If I buy 1 serving of rice at the eateries outside, it would cost me 1,000 riel. You do the math.
After cooking the rice and the lets-call-it sauteed chicken with potato and carrots, it was a matter of time before I get to eat dinner. I realized the rice I cooked was too much for 1 single person. The chicken thighs were so big too that I had to divide both it into halves.
And here’s the final dish. Sauteed peppered chicken with potato and carrots. Peppered since I added too much pepper in there. hahaha. The dish was too many for a small person like me but I can always eat it the next day. hehe
Here’s my home cooked food here in Siem Reap. Carried this tray to my room and started nomnoming 2 small chicken parts and drank my Vita Milk Energy Drink! Yum! 😀
Never got the chance to consume everything though. I just stole a styrofoam food container in the kitchen and placed my leftover food inside the fridge for the next day’s meal 😆
The next day’s lunch was the left over food my travel buddy and I shared. We just added fresh fruits for that needed balanced meal. Yum yum! 😀
Deciding to cook my own meals as I live for a month here in Siem Reap was a good decision. Not only did I get to save money on food but I also get to enjoy eating the food that I missed eating back home 😉
mukhang masarap.hindi ba mahal ang bayad sa guest house for a month?
hi melvin. hehehe. nakain naman namin at di naman nagreklamo kasama ko so i guess ok lang lasa 😆
as for the guesthouse, we got were able to haggle for $120/month all in na including wifi and bike 😉
One month lagpas na rin pala kayong wala sa Pinas! 😀 Sayang di ko natikman ang luto mo hehe
hehehe. yeah, 1 month and 2 days 😀 more reason for you to come back here mica! dali, food trip tayo! 😉
Mukhang masarap yang niluto mo Doi ah.
Happy Monthsary pala Doi! lol
hehehe. mukha lang yan. pero i guess ok naman kasi nakain in ed 😆 tsaka ubos na kaya hanggang pics ka nalng muna 😉 pag may chance, sali ka as food taster ng cooking experiment ko. hahaha. glad we survived 1 month of this kind of lifestyle we chose. thanks for the greetings Dylan! 😀
aguuy nagpraktis… hehehe magmenyo nka Doi? hahaha
ahahaha, nakatawa kog dako sa imo comment nath! nalingaw lang ko luto2x para mabusog ako mga bitok 😆
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